Suncor Energy agreed to purchase TotalEnergies’ Canadian operations through the acquisition of TotalEnergies EP Canada Ltd., which holds a 31.23% working interest in the Fort Hills oil sands mining project (Fort Hills) and a 50% working interest in the Surmont in situ asset.
his will add 135,000 barrels per day of net bitumen production capacity and 2.1 billion barrels of proved and probable reserves to Suncor’s oil sands portfolio. The acquisition is for cash consideration of $5.5 billion CAD, with the potential for additional payments of up to an aggregate maximum of $600 million, conditional upon Western Canadian Select benchmark pricing and certain production targets. Subject to closing, the transaction will have an effective date of 1 April 2023.
With the transaction Suncor will have 100% ownership of Fort Hills, which along with the Firebag and MacKay River in situ assets, provides the company with sufficient long-life, physically-integrated bitumen supply in the Fort McMurray region to fully utilize the Base Plant upgraders post the end of the Base Mine life in the mid 2030s.
Surmont is a high-quality, producing asset which adds long-life production to Suncor’s oil sands portfolio that is competitive with the company’s organic development options. The asset also has the potential for growth through cost-competitive expansion.
When the Base Mine life ends in the mid 2030s the bitumen production from the combination of the Fort Hills and Surmont interests will effectively replace half of the current Base Mine bitumen production. Replacement of the remaining Base Plant Mine bitumen production will involve economic decisions assessing the highest value use of capital in the future.